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EDUC 352: Adolescent Exceptional Learners: Topics/Keywords

Oral Presentation Research Objectives

Oral Presentation Research Objectives:
You will be required to:

  • research an exceptionality and present the information found
  • model/demonstrate how to create classroom modifications or differentiation for students with the research exceptionality
  • create a handout to be given to peers on the date of your presentation
  • provide an annotated bibliography of 5 current (within the last 5 yrs) peer-reviewed articles consulted for your research

Keywords to Try When Searching

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Place quotation marks around phrases of more than 1 word when searching. (EX: "high ability")











Disabilities and Disorders:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Autism
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Dyslexia
  • Hearing Impairment
  • High incidence disabilities
  • Low incidence disabilities
  • Mentally Retarded
  • Mild Intellectual Disability (MID)
  • Mild Mental Retardation
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Visual Processing Disorder

Additional terms to consider:

  • alternative assessments
  • classroom arrangement
  • classroom management
  • differentiation OR differentiated instruction
  • inclusion
  • student motivation
  • teaching strategies

Subject Headings to Try When Searching

When using an EBSCO database to search subject terms, change the "Select a Field" option to indicate "SU Subject Terms." Place quotation marks around your subject terms as indicated above.

  • INCLUSIVE education
  • LEARNING disabilities
  • STUDENTS with disabilities
  • STUDENTS with disabilities -- Services for
  • Teaching Methods

Exceptional Learners Wordcloud

differentiated learning wordcloud

Finding and Narrowing a Topic

Find ideas in the syllabus, your text, class discussion, or Google News.

   Narrow down a broad topic by asking yourself
   the 5 W's: who? what? where? when? why?

   As you search the databases, looking at
   subject headings and abstracts can help you
                focus your topic.

Boolean Operators

Using Boolean operators (AND, OR, and NOT) with your keywords will help you narrow or expand your results.

The highlighted middle section represents the use of AND. Searching for poverty AND addiction will give you results with both words present. Therefore, your results are fewer.

Using OR between similar keywords will give you results that include both words. Therefore, your results are greater. A search for teenagers OR adolescents will retrieve either or both terms.

The NOT operator gives you results from only one of your words. Therefore, your results are fewer. Searching for addiction NOT alcohol will eliminate alcohol from the results.

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